News, Reviews & Resources   May, 2009
In This Issue ...
hand with palette and paintbrush

We've a mixed palette of bright colours for you this month. :)

We've packed resources into the pdf file as well - too many to list them all here. But don't miss Zamzar (no and low cost file conversion service), Network for Good (about fundraising), and Ode Magazine, which is an online and print publication of good news!

And you may also like to read Chris's story about one of his most treasured possessions - from which you'll also learn his age if you do the maths. :)

Finally, we'd expecially like to thank Jim Evers, Anne Hugo, Jerilynne Knight. Jack Vinson and Felicity Zwalf for some of the resources included in this month's issue.

Sue & Chris
BJ Seminars International

Our Big News Is ...
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Since the last issue of Starlink, we have plunged into the 'blogosphere'! :)

We had to work our way through the process of setting up a blog before we could begin writing.

We took the advice of experienced bloggers who have blazed the path before us and set up a separate domain name for each blog.

Then began another learning curve! Installing WordPress, choosing and configuring the 'theme' (or blog design), adding plugins, widgets and other gadgets ... Whew!

Somewhere in the middle of all that we also began writing. :)

We chose to create separate blogs rather than a shared one for our business, because we wanted to pursue personal as well as professional interests in what we posted. We also have very individual styles! Here are the links:

You are warmly invited to drop by and visit us!

Recent posts are on the main page, but if you'd like to scan the collection of what we've written so far, take the "Archives" link in the top menu.

And if you feel moved to add a comment anywhere, we'd love to hear from you! :)

And The Good News Is ...
floating doctors

As mentioned above, Ode Magazine is a great source of 'good news stories' and is highlighted in this month's pdf file.

But Ode Magazine is by no means the only place where you can find some relief from the doom-laden stories in mainstream media!

Here are a few more for you to browse and bookmark when you'd like to hear what's right with the world, instead of what's wrong with it.

We've promoted Gimundo in Starlink many times before since we discovered it in 1997. But it's definitely worth another mention! A great site for positive stories, and you can have Good News Daily delivered to your inbox if you wish. The original founders have moved on, but Kathryn and Jeff Hawkins have recently taken up the baton. They've given the site a fresh, new look and will be moving it forward again.

Only Positive News
This site is dedicated to finding, celebrating and promoting people from all walks of life who are making a positive contribution and making this world a better place.

Great News Network
Good news stories handled a little differently here. News is submitted by members and voted on by members. If a news story receives enough votes, it automatically gets promoted to the front page.

Good News Network
The mission is to provide a "Daily Dose of News to Enthuse". Daily stories will confirm what we already believe - that good news itself is not in short supply; the advertising of it is.

And, amazing though it may seem, there's no apparent overlap in the good news stories on these five sites. So obviously we can find a huge number of wonderful things happening in this world of ours - if we just know where to look. :)

Starlink # 76 ...

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21st Century Schools Excellent 4 min video from the UK

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